Urban Meyer has dug himself into a hole he may not be able to get out of. A new report from Brett McMurphy alleges the Ohio State football coach knew about domestic violence allegations against a member of his staff and did nothing.
In 2015 wide receivers coach Zach Smith was involved in two domestic disputes that were investigated by local police. Last week at Big Ten Media Days Meyer denied any knowledge of the incident at the time. Text messages and interviews with Smith’s ex-wife obtained by McMurphy contradict that statement.
Entering his seventh season at Ohio State, Meyer is 73-8 as the Buckeyes’ head coach. He’s won two Big Ten titles and a National Championship, but this revelation could launch a Title IX investigation into Meyer’s program and cost him his job.
If McMuphy’s report is true, Meyer has been caught in a lie, and a pretty big one. A lie about tattoos cost Jim Tressell his job, a lie that pales in comparison to lying about domestic abuse.
This lie has ramifications for the Kentucky football program. The Cats’ top recruiting competition in the state of Ohio, the dismissed wide receivers coach was one of the Buckeyes primary in-state recruiters. With Smith out, and potentially Meyer, it creates an opportunity for Mark Stoops in Vince Marrow. Obviously, justice for the victim is exponentially more important than Kentucky football recruiting, but it should be noted.